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INDIANAPOLIS — Wednesday marked another day of competition at the National Club Swimming Junior Summer Championships in Indiana for seven Santa Maria Swim Club members.

It also marked another day of fast times. 

Izzie Fraire, who swims for SMSC and Righetti High School, won her morning preliminary heat and dropped a full second off her time in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Though no SMSC members have yet to advance to a final at the NCSA Summer Championships, many are setting lifetime bests at the prestigious national meet being held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. 

"It's a big, fast meet and we are swimming fast and going best times," said Mike Ashmore, the club's director who is with his swimmers in Indy. 

"We are happy, but hoping to squeeze some people into finals," Ashmore added. "We are winning and competing well in our heats."

Fraire climbed more than 50 spots in the rankings with her swim on Wednesday. Her time of 1 minute, 15.69 seconds propelled her from the 104th-best time all the way up to 51st.

Saray Brown dropped nearly three seconds off her 100-meter breaststroke time. Brown climbed from 90th place to 53 after improving her time from 1:18.54 to 1:15.81. 

Austin Aguirre also had a big swim in the prelims, moving his time in the 100 breast from 1:11.29 to 1:09.94, clipping more than a second off his best time.

The SMSC boys 800-meter freestyle relay team also swam on Wednesday, with Aguirre, Marcos Hillje-Enthoven, Blake Simpson and Wyatt Marsalek teaming up in the prelims. 

The relay team finished 20th overall with a time of 8:08.36.

Of course, more swimming is scheduled for Thursday.

Simpson is listed on the heat sheet for the prelims in the 200-meter freestyle with a seed time of 2:01.51. Marsalek is also listed in the 200 free with a seed time of 1:41.19. 

Fraire is slated to swim in the 50-meter breaststroke and her seed time is at 1:06.26. Brown's seeded time is 1:05.86.

Hillje-Enthoven is slated to swim in the 200-meter butterfly. His seeded time is 2:09.26. 

Chivas Academy soccer clinic set for weekend

Chivas Academy is holding its inaugural Chivas Academy-Santa Maria Soccer Clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Crossroads fields in Santa Maria.

According to a Chivas release, professional coaches from Chivas de Guadalajara will coach at the clinic, with head coach Omar Arellano leading the group. According to the release Arellano's son, Omar Arellano Jr., will also be at the clinic.

Omar Arellano Jr. plays for Chivas and is a former player for the Mexico National Team.

The Central City Soccer League has formed a partnership with Chivas de Guadalajara.


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